No more IP for you

Luis Motta Campos luismottacampos at
Wed Jan 20 15:03:36 GMT 2010

Bruce Richardson wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 03:05:24PM +0100, Mark Overmeer wrote:
>> IPv6 offers much much larger ranges and much simpler renumbering
>> schemes. The old mistakes are undone: enough ways to make new
>> mistakes.
> "The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of
> the resource.", to quote the general application of Parkinson's Law.
> It may seem that IPV6 has a huge range to give out, but that is only
> going to encourage people to produce solutions where every light
> switch and light bulb in the world (and eventually every
> cell-maintaining nanobot in every human body) receives its own IPV6
> address.  Once the conversion to IPV6 is passed, the new address
> space will be consumed at a much faster rate than the old one.

Well, RIPE NCC used to have a "get IPv6 with your IPv4 allocation"
policy (can't find the document, don't know if it's still applies);

Also, they're giving away /32 IPv6 as the minimum allocation size.

This confirms and documents Bruce's statements about Parkingson's Law.

Luis Motta Campos is a software engineer,
Perl Programmer, foodie and photographer.

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